Tour de France: Sam Bennett claims final stage victory and green jersey


He did a very good debut at the Tour de France, won the queen stage and missed just a little in the decisive individual time trial to reach the final podium.

Tadej Pogacar is poised to become the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France after upsetting his compatriot and hot favorite Primoz Roglic in the decisive time trial on the penultimate stage of cycling's most famous race.

It was a wonderful end to a weird Tour, and the penultimate stage duel between two compatriots of different generations will go down as one of 2020's great sporting moments.

In a stunning turnaround, Pogacar became the youngest Tour de France victor in a century and the second youngest in history as he shattered the 57 seconds advantage of friend and compatriot, Roglic, to take the most unexpected overall victory in the Tour in thirty years.

Staggeringly, the youngster will also pull on the polka dot jersey as the best climber on the Tour and also the white one as the best under-25s rider.

Despite the countrymen's form for engaging in nail-biting finales against each other this year, few had expected the experienced Roglic, who is nine years Pogacar's senior, to face a serious challenge in Saturday's mountain time trial.

"I think when I arrive into the Champs-Elysees and that first lap it's going to be another thing that's going to be unbelievable, I'll probably have a tear in my eye", Bennett said.

Richie Porte of Trek-Segafredo will be on the podium in Paris, taking third, three minutes and 30 seconds down. 'I'm really proud of the team, ' he said, 'they had real confidence in me.

Primož Roglič saw his race lead evaporate on the individual time trial
Primož Roglič saw his race lead evaporate on the individual time trial

Porte said he considered staying home as his wife was expecting a baby.

Irish rider Sam Bennett won the prestigious final sprint on the Champs-Elysees, giving him his second stage win at this Tour.

The 29-year-old Bennett had come to his third career Tour focused purely on stage wins, desperate to capitalise on the strength of the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad he joined this winter after finding his path at Bora-Hansgrohe blocked by Sagan.

He will also receive the white jersey for the best young rider and be crowned victor of the King of the Mountains classification.

Dumoulin and Belgian team-mate Wout Van Aert were pictured watching the conclusion of Roglič's time trial, as the yellow jersey's Tour de France hopes were ended in dramatic fashion. Pogacar becomes the second youngest champion after his 2020 triumph at the age of 21.

Vuelta d'Italia champion Roglic only chose to change bikes once he began to crumble fast, but it became painfully clear he was in for a disgusting finale.

The defeat comes as a bombshell for Jumbo-Visma, but the rookie's performance will go down as one of the all-time-great turnarounds.

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